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  1. Trade Talk: Oakland A's

    Buyer or Seller?

    A year ago, many fans believed that the Oakland Aís and the Baltimore Orioles snuck into the playoffs. Most thought that there would be a return to reality in 2013. Apparently the reality is that both teams are pretty good. The Aís are currently 62-43 and have a five game lead in the AL West. The Aís have been linked to the likes of Jake Peavy in recent days, although that seems unlikely at this point, but the Aís are certainly buyers, with several needs.
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  2. Twins Minor League Report (7/29): Red Wings are on fire!

    On July 2nd, the Rochester Red Wings were 11 games behind Pawtucket in the International League Northern Division. With a win tonight, and a Pawtucket loss, the Red Wings are now 60-51 and in sole possession of first place in the division. The Red Wings have now won 19 games in July, their most since 1999. Defense has been a big part of the Red Wings success. They have not committed an error in their last nine games, a span covering 82 innings. In fact, if you were to only look at errors, the Red ...
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  3. Twins Minor League Report (7/27): Vargas Powers Miracle... Again

    On Saturday, Nick Blackburn was played on the Rochester Disabled list with an inflamed knee, and Virgil Vasquez will make the start for him on Sunday. On the field, there some good starts and a couple of not-so-good starts. A couple of affiliates came from behind to get wins. Kennys Vargas powered the Miracle to a win. Elizabethton doubled their pleasure against Johnson City.

    Check out what else happened in the Twins Minor League system on Saturday night:

    Rochester 4, Norfolk
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  4. Twins Minor League Report (7/25): Summers Lovin'

    The Twins played a late game out in Seattle and did not get a very good start. The Twins minor league affiliates all got pretty good starts. Five of the six starters began the game with four scoreless frames. The Twins starters at the top three affiliates each went at least six scoreless innings. Liam Hendriks had a perfect game going through six while Trevor May had given up just one hit through the Rock Cats first six innings. Each gave up runs in the third. Matt Summers has been incredible in ...
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  5. Twins Minor League Reports (7/22): Monday in the Minors

    Monday night was a full night in the Twins minor league system, and each team provided a couple of impressive highlights. For Rochester, it was LHP Logan Darnell. For New Britain, pick between Miguel Sano and Danny Ortiz. For Ft. Myers, how about Dalton Hicks? Maybe Tyler Duffey? For Cedar Rapids, of course it was Adam Walker. Zach Granite gets the nod for Elizabethton. You can pick between Zach Larson, Chad Christensen and Amaurys Minier for the GCL picks, but you wonít pick their defense.
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  6. Twins Minor League Report (7/19): Friday Night Lights

    Eddie Rosario has been on fire since his promotion to New Britain. In 33 games, he is hitting .318/380/.473 (.853) with ten doubles, two triples and two home runs. Meanwhile, the offensive adjustment to AA has been more of a challenge for Miguel Sano. In 32 games, he is hitting just .204 with 32 strikeouts. He is talking 10% of the time, and he has 13 extra base hits. Last night, the two of them led the Rock Cats to a 8-7 win. Meanwhile, the Cedar Rapids Kernels got a great start, and some major ...
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  7. Twins Minor League Report (7/18): Rogers Pitches Gem

    The All Star breaks are all over, and there was a full schedule in the Twins minor league system on Thursday. A couple of old college teammates helped the Kernels provide most of the organizationís offense on the day. A couple of now-former Twins were on the mound. However, on this day, Taylor Rogers stole the show with one of the best pitching performances by a Twins pitcher this season. See below for more.

    Also last night, I was a guest on Twins Minor League Weekly podcast and answered ...
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  8. Lucas Shares his Passion for pitching

    Two weeks ago, my brother and I made the trek south to Cedar Rapids to watch a couple of Kernels games. It was fun to catch up with several people there and also talk with a few people from the Twin Cities area who had the same idea.

    Following batting practice one day, I had the chance to sit down in the Kernels dugout with their pitching coach Gary Lucas to talk a little about some of his and the Twins philosophies on pitching and pitcher development at the Low-A level. Watching him ...
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  9. Twins Minor League Report (7/16): Transactions Galore

    Typically, the full season minor league affiliates do not have games scheduled for the night of the All Star game. Earlier in the day, the Gulf Coast League Twins played a game. However, the New Britain Rock Cats played the middle game of a three-game series at Harrisburg.

    The story of the day was that there were a lot of minor league transactions throughout the system, and frankly, several more must be in the works. Here is what we have as this is written:


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  10. Trade Talk: Detroit Tigers

    Buyers or Sellers

    The Tigers are certainly buyers at the trade deadline. They had completely stocked up over the last two seasons to make a World Series run. They acquired and then retained Anibal Sanchez. They added Torii Hunter this offseason. After missing all of 2012, Victor Martinez is back in the middle of their lineup. Their top four starters (Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Sanchez) are the envy of the rest of the league. Most believed that the Tigers would ...
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  11. Twins Minor League Report (7/14): Future Watch

    The Minnesota Twins and the Rochester Red Wings have now begun their All Star breaks. Andrew Albers and Chris Colabello will be representing the Red Wings at the AAA game. The Twins showed again that if you can get to AAA, you can get a shot to play with the Twins. On Sunday, three Twins players were sent back to Rochester while two Red Wings were promoted to the Twins. Chris Herrmann and veteran Doug Bernier will be with the Twins along with a Player to be Named Later (likely Colabello on Friday). ...
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  12. All Star Roster Shuffle

    Following the Minnesota Twins impressive series win in New York against the Yankees, GM Terry Ryan shuffled the roster. Down to Rochester will be outfielders Oswaldo Arcia and Chris Parmelee, and infielder Eduardo Escobar. The Twins then promoted infielder Doug Bernier and catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann.

    This means that there is one more player to be added to the 25 man roster. I believe it can be assumed that player will be 1B/OF Chris Colabello. The MLB and AAA All Star breaks ...
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  13. Twins Minor League Report (7/13): Pitchers Returns

    There was not much offense through the Minnesota Twins farm system, with the normal exception of the Cedar Rapids Kernels. There was some very good pitching. There was the return of Nick Blackburn to an active roster as he made the start for the New Britain Rock Cats. Alex Wimmers returned to a mound for the first time since his Tommy John surgery last August. One constant through the 2013 season has been the pitching of Andrew Albers, and he was on the mound again for the Rochester Red Wings. ...
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  14. Twins Minor League Report (7/12): Lee Lifts Kernels

    After eight Minnesota Twins minor league games to report on Thursday night, it was nice that all six Twins affiliates played just one game on Friday night. There were a couple of one-run losses, and a walk-off win. Two teams had little offense, and the one team that seemingly gets big offense every day did so again. Brett Lee was easily the pitcher of the day with a complete game when his team needed in the most. With the extreme struggles and frustrations surrounding the Twins big league team, ...
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